Choi Ji-man (32, San Diego Padres), the eldest Korean major league fielder, once again attempts his first hit since moving to San Diego.
Ji-Man Choi will start as the 6th hitter and first baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the San Francisco Giants held at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, USA on the 26th (Korean time). Teammate Ha-seong Kim will appear as the fifth hitter and third baseman.
Ji-Man Choi, who moved from the Pittsburgh Pirates to San Diego through a trade on August 2, failed to record a single hit with his new tea스포츠토토m. He only appeared in 12 games, went 20-for-29, had no hits and only 1 RBI.
Choi Ji-man, who will be eligible as a free agent at the end of this season, suffered from frequent injuries from the beginning of the season in Pittsburgh and had difficulty controlling his condition by staying on the bench when his batting ability improved due to the platoon system. He was expected to bounce back with his move to San Diego, but he was once again hampered by injuries, and his platoon usage did not change much from his time in Pittsburgh.
San Diego, which has played 156 games as of the 25th, now has only 6 games left until the end of the season. Choi Ji-man, who missed the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 25th, was re-named in the starting lineup on the 26th with right-handed pitcher Logan Webb appearing as San Francisco’s starting pitcher. Webb is San Francisco’s ace pitcher with 10 wins, 13 losses and an ERA of 3.35 this season, so the challenge of Choi Ji-man’s first hit does not seem to be easy.
Meanwhile, Kim Ha-seong, who played a multi-hit game in the game on the 25th, is placed in the cleanup and will attempt to hit for two consecutive games and reach base for six consecutive games. Ha-seong Kim, who is recording 17 home runs and 36 stolen bases this season, is three home runs away from becoming the first Asian major leaguer to hit 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases.